Cat Hole Cottages

Throstle Nest Barn


  • Sleeps 4
  • Free WiFi
  • No smoking
  • All bedlinen & towels provided
  • Pet friendly
  • 1 Kingsize bedroom
  • 1 Twin bedroom
  • TV & DVD player
  • Central heating
  • iPod docking station
  • Larder fridge
  • Freezer
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Hairdryer
  • Underfloor heating
  • Bathroom with shower attachment
  • Ensuite shower room
  • Bike storage
  • 2 acre enclosed field
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Terrific views
  • Saturday changeover day


Overlooking the Swaledale, this outstanding cottage has been marvellously renovated with a feel for luxurious comfort and style. It has also been awarded a 2019 Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself!

Throstle Nest Barn is a detached barn conversion in a rural setting, yet easy to reach, and with amazing views across Swaledale.

A beautiful kitchen retains its old-fashioned charm with beamed ceiling and flagged stone floor. The upstairs living room has a cosy outlook over the private field, with lovely meadow flowers. Underfloor heating in the bathrooms and a multi-fuel stove in the living room (along with oil central heating) make Throstle Nest Barn an inviting and hugely comfortable retreat after a day’s walking over the nearby hills.

The rear door opens onto a patio with bench to admire the hillside outlook, a garden table and chairs overlook the stunning view downdale and a bench perched on the hillside from which the whole of Swaledale is spread out in front of you (or so it seems!).

With all modern conveniences, and a king sized sleigh bed to sink into, you’ll spend a fantastic first holiday in Swaledale here – and return year after year, your luxurious treat to yourself! Note, Throstle Nest Barn is no longer available for new bookings, although existing bookings will be honoured.

Outstanding barn conversion in a fantastic peaceful location. We found the barn very well-equipped and all first class fixtures and fittings. If you are lucky to have a clear sky in the evening, the view of the stars is spectacular!John and Jenny Bradley and Bruce, the German Shepherd, Hartlepool

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Cottage details

  • Upstairs living room with multi fuel stove (coal included)
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Games, books, maps and local information
  • iPod docking station
  • Fitted kitchen with larder fridge
  • Separate freezer
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Private spring water supply and septic tank
  • Twin room downstairs off kitchen
  • Double room upstairs off living room, with en suite shower room
  • Hairdryer
  • All bed linen provided
  • Downstairs family bathroom off lobby with bath with shower attachment, WC and basin (underfloor heating as well as central heating radiator).
  • En suite shower room off double room, with large shower enclosure, WC and basin, electric shaver point (underfloor heating in addition to central heating radiator).
  • Water is from a private spring, with filters in place
  • Drainage is to a septic tank
  • Private 2 acre field
  • Patio with bench, garden table and chairs
  • Bench up in field from which to admire stunning views
  • Lockable outhouse for bikes etc.
  • Parking for one car on flagged area, further parking for up to 3 cars in field
  • Free WiFi
Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome – please respect the immediate surroundings and keep dogs on lead near livestock. For the comfort of other guests, please do not allow your pets on to furniture or upstairs.

Please mention when booking if you are bringing dogs (there is no extra charge).

No discounts are available at this time.


Booking details

Week bookings run from Saturday to Saturday (reserve online or telephone 01748 886366). To see price and availability, click the “Book Now” button (you have not committed yourself to a booking by doing so).

Short breaks are available during winter months (see FAQs). Please contact us to confirm a short break booking, or for a price for a different number of nights.

You can pay by cheque, BACS or by card. A deposit of £90 is due on booking, including a £10 booking fee. Please note, deposit and booking fee are non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

You can send a cheque, payable to Cat Hole Cottages Ltd, to Cat Hole House, Thwaite, Richmond DL11 6DR, with the name of the cottage and holiday date on back of chq; pay by BACS, sort code 09-01-28, acc 37806627, ref initials or first word of cottage and holiday date; ring to pay by card.

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Throstle Nest Barn is reached along a single track road, a couple of miles from Low Row, Gunnerside and Muker. In a rural setting, the cottage is nevertheless easily accessible from the road, with plenty of parking. Please see FAQs for information about car access in wintry weather.

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What a stunning place.  As soon as we arrived and opened the back door into the kitchen we immediate felt completely at home.  It was so warm and beautifully decorated and furnished with everything we could possibly need.  We were very lucky with the weather too and I would have been quite happy to have spent the week sitting on the patio with my book and a cup of tea and not moving from there!  We had some lovely walks with our two dogs and they certainly enjoyed running up and down the garden (although I think the rabbits are quite safe!). Please also pass on our warm thanks to the owners of this very special property.  They have certainly thought of everything to make our holiday perfect.  I must admit, we didn’t see much TV as we spent most evenings watching the James Herriott DVDs so we will need to come back to finish the set. Once again many thanks for organising our stay and we look forward to our next visit.Beryl, George and Jane Haslam (with Bunty and Posy the two “four foots”), Lockerby
A lovely location. We have had a wonderful stay. Can’t wait to come again!David and Emma George, and Brandy the dog, Hampshire
Have loved our week here in Swaledale and especially the Barn. Idyllic!Carl and Rebecca Shute, Buckingham
Lovely cottage. We have really enjoyed our stay and would love to come back again. Many thanks.David and Carolyn Tabrett, Holt
Felt very comfortable in the cottage and loved the outstanding views from the top of the garden. We were lucky with the weather, so able to make the most of the area!Cathy, Andy and Fiona Gill, Ayrshire, plus Trixie the dog

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